Hot Fergus team stops Wolverines
Peter Gaustad and the Fergus Falls Otters turned the lights out for Kyle Dykhoff and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Saturday as they posted an 11-0 South Sub-Section 8AA playoff victory at Legion Field.
Gaustad struck out 10 WDC batters and walked one en route to claiming the five-inning victory. The Fergus Falls righty surrendered just one hit -- a lead-off single to David Najjar in the top of the fourth -- and gave the Otters their second consecutive shutout playoff victory. Last Thurday's playoff opener was a pip for the Otters as Zach Rengel, Derick Viger and Tim Rasmussen combined to throw a perfect game in an 11-0, six-inning victory over Crosby-Ironton.
"We ran into a very good Fergus Falls team," Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. "I predict the Otters will be heading to the state tournament for the third year in a row."
Abbott Aho, Nick Heck and Conor Swenson joined Gaustad in collecting two hits off WDC apiece. All four Fergus players scored twice and heck, Swenson and Gaustad all collected extra base hits.
Ryan Redfield started on the mound for the Wolverines but he was chased off the hill by an eight-run second inning. David Najjar and Derrick Rude appeared in relief. Rude, who pitched a four-hitter as WDC whipped Pequot Lakes in the sub-section opener, allowed two hits in two innings of work and fanned two.
The Wolverines wrapped up their season with 11 wins in 20 outings and won six of their final seven games. The Otters won for the seventh straight time to improve their record to 13-9.
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Ryan Redfield, David Najjar (2), Derrick Rude (3) and Jake Rude; Peter Gaustad and Nick Heck
WP- Gaustad; LP- Redfield
WDC 5, Pequot Lakes 0
Derrick Rude was on top of his game as the Wolverines blanked the Patriots in the opening round of Section 8AA action.
Rude scattered four hits and did not allow a walk while striking out nine. The right-hander helped his own cause by homering in the third frame.
David Najjar and Kenny Sakry paced the Wolverines at the plate combining for four hits and four runs.
"Derrick led the way by pitching a gem and hitting a bomb in the third inning. (Cory) Tumberg had a big game defensively at first base," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said.
The victory was the sixth in a row for the Wolverines and improved their season log to 11-8.
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Derrick Rude and Jake Rude; Bryan Yackley, Jacob Box and Cole Humphrey
WP- Rude; LP- Yackley
HR- Rude (WDC)